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  1. I agree. It makes me laugh that people want to keep the small strip of grass between the ditch and road beautiful. It's a ditch.... get over yourself!
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  2. So we've gone from 3 dazzling towers, down to 2 pretty good size scrapers, to a 2 or 3 story retail shop. Outstanding.
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  3. It's "than" not "then".
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  4. We've been getting a lot of e-mails about a sign that went up recently behind the old white church on Old Richmond Road, near West Airport Blvd. The sign says that an application has been filed with the Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs (TDHCA) to build a government subsidized, 150-unit, low-income, multi-family development. It would be called "Goldshire Townhomes." Details here: www.tdhca.state.tx.us/multifamily/htc/docs/09-HurricaneIkeCountiesAppLog.pdf The TDHCA will hold a public hearing on April 13 at 6 p.m. at the City Hall Annex Chambers Public Level, 900 Bagby, Houston, TX 77002. Complaints can also be filed at www.tdhca.state.tx.us (that's what they say, but I can't figure out where to send the complaint). Personally, I think that area is already saturated with low-income housing, and having another 150 low-income families zoned to our schools will have a negative impact on the schools and our property values. Just trying to get the word out. The more people who complain, the more likely it is that we'll be able to shoot down this plan.
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  5. I think were only getting a half of a circle. Why? For a great view of Downtown. Houston Intermodal Terminal EE&K Architects
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  6. Sweet, I get to drive San Felipe again. Wonder if i'll visibly notice any change to the roads.
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  7. The developers can build this low income complex next to their house. NOT MINE!
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  8. We've already established why they would be a problem (for some people, not necessarily others). You can't end up with several in a cluster without first having one by itself.
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  9. I am not denying anything to anyone. That is the problem with our society. Everyone is entitled to something. I worked hard to get what I have and will do my best to perserve it. You should do the same. No one gave me anything in this world. I worked at low paying jobs and saved to have something for the future and my children's future. We, as a society, have our hand out for the government to provide everything to us because we deserve it. Thanks for your prayers. I will pray for you also.
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  10. Never heard that name before except for some place in England I think. I'll see if I can find it... Will this place have a Sugar Land address or a Richmond address? Looks like it's right on the border. No one cares about the prison/prison fields. I don't know why the Memorial folks always have to bring it up. Just look at the home prices and demand in Telfair, New Territory and others nearby and it's obviously not hurting them. The prisons are all moving anyway, the one next to Sugar Land Regional Airport is on it's way out as we speak. No one could anticipate the growth of Houston/Sugar Land when the prisons were built there. Katiedidit, strange you should say that because you're one of those always saying how apartments in the burbs are a necessity for the restaurant/grocery workers to live. When others complain about apartments you usually put in your two cents of why they shouldn't be complaining. So why make the comment here in the first place.
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  11. Thanks for the update! I looked at those and contacted TDHCA with my own concerns on the matter. As I said before, I live in Southwest Houston. The State funding of the project in Sugarland will steal money away from my area. We've got apartment after apartment here, and too many of them are dumps. We need MONEY to FIX these existing apartments. But developers want to and use that money to impose low-cost housing on neighborhoods that don't want it. Another thing, is it me or does the "Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs" neglect the "Community" part? I've been to their hearings, and I've seen the low cost housing proposals. I've yet to see a TDHCA hearing on a library, school, park, or other community asset.
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  12. Agree.... would also like to point out that low-income doesn't necessarily mean living in the type of dump complexes we're talking about. I can bash, because I'm low income.... probably lower than a lot of the people that would be living in this place in question.... and I have a house in Sugar Land (bought, not rented), a car note, a wife who doesn't work, and two kids (small ones that the wife is taking care of). It can be done. So the "low-income" people that are often attracted to these dumps are usually the types that have no desire to make anything of themselves, and no desire to make a better life for their kids. Sorry if this offends, but I'm in that income bracket, so I rub shoulders with a lot of these people. It isn't about the income level..... So I'll go ahead and throw my NIMBY in there, too. Oh, and I also grew up in Sugar Land, and it's definitely always been two words.... that's how we distinguish the natives from the wannabe's.
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  13. Seriously? I know your aware of what happens to an area over time that becomes flooded with apartments. As far as your second sentence, I'm not sure I understand what your saying. I've lived here now for seven years, and have noticed a significant change in the area. Will Seven Lakes and Cinco become crapholes in the near future? Of course not. My point was that the areas surrounding these communities are going downhill. Visual blight is on the increase, along with crime, vandalism, and a general downturn of community pride. Again, I'm speaking of the surrounding areas. Don't get me wrong. I love athletics in Katy, and there is probably know where else in the city that's better. Having said that, it's not enough to make me want to stay.
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  14. What does this have to do with where the apartments are built? Do you think the people that work at these places funded or rallied for the building of apartments so they would have some place to live near their jobs? This is not how it works. I agree about Governers place, as well as some of the sections of neighborhoods south of Westpark (parts of Lakemont/Parkway lakes, etc,.)
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  15. So moving to the Woodlands and then back to Tanglewilde, how does this qualify you to make this statement? Where there alot of apartments in the Woodlands where you lived or in the meorial area? Are you suggesting because you live in the "city" you have had to adjust your lifestyle? I realize where you are is technically a suburb, but not in the proper sense these days. I mean I don't think anyone here is talking about running from apartments. Gary mentioned an Apartment explosion on the Westpark, but he is the only one calling the area a future craphole which is not likely.
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  16. Make sure Sobti *confirms* and *announces* the cancellation.
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  17. OK, you got me, I wouldn't want a high density any-income development in my neighborhood. And I will add, that while I may differ in opinion with you, I always respect people for standing up for what they want and believe rather than just complaining about it forever, so I support you (not that that means a hill of beans to you). Never believe it until you see it in writing!
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  18. The sign is down, but I am being told that the developer took it down to make people think the project had been canceled. That is not the case.
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  19. I'm calling you out. The Heights is one of Houston's most desirable neighborhoods, and I can guarantee you that if some developer could even afford the land to throw up a high-density, low-income development there, your neighborhood would be up in arms. Of course, you know this won't happen, because the land is too expensive. So it's easy for you to sit back and insult those of us who choose to live in the suburbs. NIMBY? Damned right! That's why I live here. Oh, and where would I have "them" live? How about near some sort of public transportation? By the way, I grew up in Sugar Land. It might've been one word at some point in its history, but it has been two words for as long as I can remember.
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  20. As a resident of Southwest Houston I also have an obligation to oppose the Goldshire Townhomes project in Sugarland. We have plenty of low-cost housing in my area. A lot of it is falling apart. And some developer wants government funds to build brand new apartments on virgin land in Sugarland? This is beyond stupid. We should be FIXING problem properties and turning them into safe, convenient places for working people to live. We should NOT randomly build new low-cost housing on virgin land. Alas though, money talks. It's easier and quicker for developers to close on raw land and throw up garbage. I heard one say as much when there was a hearing on the Costa Del Rey apartment project last year. They stand to make more money that way.
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  21. It seems to be running just fine right now. Why tinker with a well-oiled machine? People choose Sugar Land and its surrounding communities for the very reasons you want to change. Sugar Land is NOT a major city. It is a small town that an adjacent major city grew out to. See the above comment about your needs assessments. Only one of those three statements are correct.
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  22. Therefore Sobti needs to consider building this in an area where there is less opposition. The 77047 zip code is a perfect place for Sobti's development, as it is close to Pearland and only has one TDHCA-supported complex. With a Google aerial view one will see parcels of undeveloped land.
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  23. Sugarlandcitizen: Pearland's on its way to becoming a major area too. But Pearland won't allow much zoning for multi-family housing. Southern Houston (Sterling, Worthing, and Madison high school attendance zones) is an easy location as the infrastructure and schools have plenty of room for expansion. Placing it near METRO routes will make it easy for the population to get around to grocery stores, convenience stores, and other places. Residents who have more motivated children will get free HISD bus transportation to the magnet schools. Unlike the northeast Fort Bend area, residents won't be as likely to oppose a development along Scott (towards Woodson K-8), Fuqua, Almeda-Genoa, Almeda, Mykawa, Orem, MLK, etc. According to this http://hrc-ic.tdhca.state.tx.us/hrc/Vacanc...SearchResults.m the 77047 zip code, which has Law Elementary (HISD), only has one apartment complex funded by the TDHCA. That complex is the Alta Gardens Apartments at 3525 South Sam Houston Pkwy. East. (Zoned to Law ES, Woodson MS, and Worthing HS) - It has 9 vacancies out of the 48 one bedroom, 107 two bedroom, and 85 three bedroom units. Sobti, this place may need more apartments. It is so easy to build out here at 77047.
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  24. You're view of "fairness" supports sprawl more than my SUV and cookie-cutter house in my MPC ever will. Politically correct or not, its the facts of life. The whole point of moving WAY out into the burbs and paying all that extra money is to get away from low-income developments like this. Please don't push your fairness mentality on us who choose to move not only away from it, but FAR away from it. Otherwise, don't let me catch you complaining about sprawl in any other threads. You can't have it both ways.
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  25. As a long time resident of Village of Oak Lake, which is the subdivision in the midst of which this developer is proposing to put this complex, I have a right, if not an obligation, to oppose it. A few of the relevant facts; - the developer will make about $2MM off of the deal, other than that, he has no underlying moral purpose of putting it 2 blocks from my home, instead of near his home on the fairway in the Sweetwater Country Club golf course - the entrance to the 150 unit complex will be on a two lane blacktop road, 100yards from a curve, with ditches on each side, it will be accidents waiting to happen with an estimated 150-200 vehicles entering/exiting - there is absolutley NO public transportation near here, the closest being Park and Ride lots on the SW Freeway, or the bus lines on Westheimer, 50% of the units will be rented to persons earning <50% of the AMGI (Area Median Gross Income), if they do not own a car they are in the middle of nowhere basically - the schools near here already using portable units, adding 300-500 kids will not improve that problem If you are a resident and want to take the time to read the 355 page application it is here; "http://www1.tdhca.state.tx.us/htc/2009apps/index.htm" it is number 09166. This is not about race, my African American neighbor across the street has been my friend since 1995, I have Columbian and Chinese neighbors. All of us have invested our money in paying the martgage on our loans, we dont want to see our home values decline for the benefit of this developer.
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  26. I also find it odd that "sugarlandcitizen" has knowledge of what it would cost to rent a 3-bedroom unit in Goldshire Townhomes ...
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  27. According to HAR, the price range for homes in Park Pointe is $139-204K, so I'd be willing to bet that "sugarlandcitizen" doesn't really live there. I would also imagine that most Park Pointe residents are aware that they are zoned to Austin High School, not Kempner.
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  28. Folks, let's keep this topic from dwindling in to a bickering match.
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  29. Which ZIP code are you talking about? Please, share your incredible discovery. And while you're at it, take a look at Garcia Middle School's attendance zone: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&amp...5e03c2&z=12 That covers more than one ZIP code.
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  30. This is a money making project under the pretext of Ike disastor recovery is wrong! Using tax money on a project like this sounds closer to fraud.....
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  31. Edit: Loved the post, but decided to eliminate my rant.
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  32. Looked him up on FBCAD also. I'm pretty sure he wouldn't want one of his developments built near his million-dollar home in Sweetwater (this is assuming it's the same Navdip S. Sobti ... but then how many people are named Navdip S. Sobti?)
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  34. LOL... Houston's major suburbs Kingwood Friendswood The Woodlands Sugar Land Pearland Cypress, Katy and the EAST (ya know... the parts no one ever talks about)
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  36. Ehh...Pasadena, Baytown, Sugar Land are independent municipalities in the Houston metropolitan area. Exurb perhaps, but not by strict definition. For nostalgia's/history's sake, Montrose, River Oaks, Bellaire, and so on are suburbs, but I would argue that if you break it down, they are for sure sub urban.
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  37. I don't think it needs an official renaming. Most of Houston calls it Gunspoint already. The owners are just a little late on putting up the new sign.
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  38. All that said above, I think Sugar Land is a nice place to live and a nice place to raise a family. They've put a lot of effort into transforming it into an almost insular community, where -- except for a commute in to work -- you don't have to leave on the weekends to enjoy "city life." Unless you want to go to the museums or the symphony, etc. The schools tend to be quite good, too. But you might want to check in another thread or with people who have much more Sugar Land experience than I do.
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  39. Getting down to it anything west of the beltway is not really Memorial. This is what any resident who of the area will tell you. So BL is just as much a part of memorial as any other neighborhood. As for traffic on Memorial at Eldridge its not that bad. I lived there for 20 yrs. Basically at peak traffic times (5-6) you're already either in your house or if you have to go east on Memorial from your front door to eldridge probably will take you 10 min on average. You're not goin to hit this bc you're goin back to your house at this time and there's no traffic heading west on memorial (except sometimes at kirkwood). when coming from the park n ride to BL at rush hour it takes me about 5 min. Also the other direction in the morning. Since all you take is the turn around at the freeway and then the entrance at addicks howell off the feeder. Something the areas east of eldridge dont have access to is grasshopper square. This is a small grove of different restaurants and bars which give a great small town feel. I've always compared it to much less commercialized kemah boardwalk. With the expansion of BP too comes a town center that will be built off the road behind BL. The reason these areas haven't appreciated as much is because of the school zoning. But now since its proxmity to the Energy Corridor the housing values have shot up.
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  40. I'm not saying that I disagree with Trae's comments. Objectively speaking, I think they're pretty well spot on. But...the truth is going to piss people off who live in or own property in Arlington or Grand Prairie. I'm not sure that inter-suburb flame wars can be prevented. Houston is very lucky in a way, that we don't have very many hard boundaries that are widely recognized and understood. You can say that you live in Houston, and that could mean anything. You could say that you live in west, north, southeast, southwest Houston, and none of those cardinal directions necessarily communicate anything about you. If you start talking zip codes, nobody understands you. If you start talking neighborhoods, only folks on your side of town really have a good idea where you're talking about, and they don't really want to say anything bad to outsiders about their part of town (though, as an example, they may express concern to local populations over the lower-class neighborhoods of north Pasadena or north Katy if they're southies). Where you do have well-defined suburbs, they're master planned communities, and expectations are pretty uniform, with people seeming to choose between them based on where they work and whether they prefer pine trees or oak trees. It's not to say that Houston is exempt from neighborhood-based snobbery, but it seems to mostly come from folks who believe that their political beliefs are superior and that like-minded people should live close to one another, segregating themselves from the general population as though the general population were going to convert them (and we all know that it can't work the other way around ).
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  41. It could be said that this post is what happens when people want to call Blacks ignorant without coming right out and saying it.
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  42. That's a pretty offensive statement. I vote for Shelia basically because there is never a palatable alternative. Race has nothing to do with it. You should think twice on your assumptions on why people vote as they do rather than carelessly tossing down the reverse racism card. And as far as character goes the lack thereof seems to be pretty widespread amongst many of our choices at the polls, Shelia by no means has any monopoly on this. The situation, more often than not, is hold your nose and vote for the least offensive candidate.
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  43. There is now a plan to run a TAMU buses to downtown Bryan, I saw it on KRHD abc40 news the other day. I think Bryan/College Station and Waco could handle light rail. Light Rail is meant for smaller cities.
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  44. I know B/CS and Waco couldn't support a mass transit system like DART, but Houston's METRO rail is basically a street car that looks like a train. We could easily support that. We had one before that went from downtown Bryan to campus. That was over 70-80 years ago. We can defiantly do it now. About 5 years ago the city of Bryan was considering light rail.
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  45. Oh nooooooooo! Not the poor with their black people, and METRO, and rap music, and Mex-uh-cans, and thugs, and stupid kids who will make school bad for my precious little angel! Take them along with the homeless people and give them a one way ticket to Dallas!
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  46. You can run from apartments, but you can't hide. Or you can just learn to live in peace next to them like people do "in the city."
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  47. I Do? I'll have to through all my posts one day. I know I made a comment that people should just learn to live next to them in a thread about Sugarland. My comment about this development was because the Sugarland posts find them so offensive I found it ironic that it would be promoted. 300,000 for a commute and apartments seems a bit steep to me for the Sugarlander, if looking at their reactions in other posts.
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  48. So build gates around them and don't let them out. Problem solved! I can sleep better knowing Momma ain't out on the streets. Why does this dialogue with Momma bring out the aint's in me. Oh, so that maybe she will hear me.
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  49. ooohhh yaaaayyy!!! my property value is going to go up!!! I hope to sell hy house for double what I bought it for and move to sweetwater!!! people who live noth of 90 near 1464 are a bunch of WANNABE SSSSSS
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